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Thomas Aquinas and Jean-Paul Sartre are typically pointed out with totally different philosophical traditions: intellectualism and voluntarism. during this unique learn, Stephen Wang exhibits, as an alternative, that there are a few profound similarities of their figuring out of freedom and human identification. Aquinas offers way more scope than is usually said to the open-endedness of cause in human deliberation, and argues that we will remodel ourselves in fairly radical methods via our offerings. Sartre famously emphasizes the unconventional nature of selection, but in addition develops a refined account of rationality and of the actual limits we come across on this planet and in ourselves. And in either thinkers the center of human freedom lies in our skill to decide on the pursuits we're looking, as we look for an elusive fulfilment that lies past the confines of our temporal experience.

This vital examine will curiosity Aquinas and Sartre students, in addition to normal readers looking an creation to their proposal. it is going to even be worthy for philosophers looking clean views on questions of freedom, happiness, own identification, act thought, meta-ethics, and theories of the self.

ABOUT the writer:

Stephen Wang lectures in philosophy and systematic theology at Allen corridor, London, and is traveling lecturer in ethical philosophy at St Mary's collage university, Twickenham.

PRAISE FOR THE e-book:

"This provocative e-book juxtaposes philosophers regularly linked to appreciably assorted views. . . . The book's energy lies in its transparent and nuanced rationalization of hugely advanced rules, demonstrating much more care through delivering unique language citations for keyword phrases. . . . total, this basically written research bargains vital insights into political anthropology, motion thought, existentialism, and Thomistic studies." ― A. W. Klink, Choice

"Wang articulates with excellent readability, precision, and subtlety the typical positive factors of Aquinas' and Sartre's money owed of the that means of human life, the method of human realizing, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness." ― Severin Kitanov, Religious experiences Review


"This provocative booklet juxtaposes philosophers in general linked to extensively varied views. Wang reveals components of similarity and convergence among Aquinas and Sartre of their specialize in identification and motion conception. The book's energy lies in its transparent and nuanced explication of hugely advanced principles, demonstrating much more care by way of delivering unique language citations for key words. . . . total, this basically written research deals vital insights into philosophical anthropology, motion idea, existentialism, and Thomistic reports. . . . Recommended." ― A. W. Klink, Duke University

"[A] well-written volume." ―Eileen C. Sweeney, Journal of the background of Philosophy

"A very good and unique piece of labor. lower than Wang's probing exam Aquinas and Sartre turn out to be perfect commentators on each one other's paintings. infrequently have I noticeable any such blend of real scholarship and interpretative aptitude, in any such readable prose."―Timothy McDermott, editor of Thomas Aquinas: chosen Philosophical Writings

"Stephen Wang is phenomenally well-placed to debate the fascinating and unforeseen dating among Sartre's existentialism and Aquinas's obvious 'essentialism,' and to teach the typical flooring they proportion over concerns equivalent to accountability, freedom, or even happiness. This e-book is stimulating, truly written, and hugely original."―Christina Howells, collage of Oxford, editor of The Cambridge spouse to Sartre

"A significant contribution to the appreciation of either authors."―Thomas Flynn, Emory college, writer of Sartre, Foucault, and ancient Reason

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Aquinas and Sartre: On Freedom, Personal Identity, and the Possibility of Happiness

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32 Now and then in this work I enter into the fray of contemporary Thomistic interpretation and take a position. It will be important, for example, to determine whether Aquinas did or did not change his mind significantly on the question of the priority of intellect or will. 33 My main purpose, however, is to stay with the primary texts and to see how the arguments presented there unfold. I hope to spend more time examining Aquinas’s ideas than those of his interpreters. 34 His father died the following year, and he and his mother went to live with her parents in 30.

He wants to show that our freely chosen actions establish our identity and give force to certain demands. Our commitments allow us to become people we might not have become and illuminate a set of priorities that might have remained obscure. We are not slaves to our being but creators of our existence. In his reflections on action Sartre goes to the very heart of what it is to be human. He shows that our free actions are not the consequence of our identity, they are its foundation, and it is our nature as human beings always to go beyond who we are toward a freely chosen self.

1 (1998); and Frederick A. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1967), 87–88. 10. BN 30–32; EN 65–67/67–69. i d e n t i t y i n s a r t r e = 27 ward steadily on the basis of who we are, but now and then we are struck by a parallel awareness that we could be someone else. The experience of vertigo is one form of anguish: we realize that we cannot guarantee the perpetuation of the motives that have influenced us up to this point. Identity is not a straight-jacket, it does not predetermine the future.

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